Armed with a knowledgeable staff and a distaste for retrofit price quotes, one facilities engineer at a Michigan R&D complex opted to design, assemble, and install the new BAS in-house. While you shouldn't necessarily try this at home, you can settle for reading about the ambition and achievement of this independent group. By Joanna R. Turpin
Quick - define "low flow" and "high performance." This article covers the effort to reach common definition for common terms, adding five questions to ask when striving for safety. Next month, a follow-up will review current technologies. By Joanna R. Turpin
The first phase of Squaw Valley's new resort is called First Ascent, and it's a tall order. See how this slope-side destination deals with its particular cold weather challenges in style. By Joanna R. Turpin
Low energy requirements, free cooling potential, and good retrofit suitability are just three appealing traits of this technology. As for caveats, water purity and adiabatic interaction within the system as a whole are two issues to keep in mind. Read on to see if and how an upcoming project might benefit from the efficiencies and economies that ultrasonic can offer. By Joanna R. Turpin
Serious IAQ problems in any facility cause concern, but urgency multiplies when the building is a school. Here's how one firm's creative sleuthing, which led staff and students back to a healthy learning environment. By Joanna Turpin
Western Michigan University needed a new steam and chilled water plant. However, what it wanted included flexibility regarding fuel sources, safe remote capabilities for the boiler and chiller controls, and room for future expansion. It also wanted someone else to manage the numerous web of vendors involved in such a project. Here's the story of an initial wishlist that evolved into a tailored long-term plan. By Joanna R. Turpin
Leaning on experience and data from various K-12 cities and projects, the author pursues some less conventional design approaches. They may revolve around radiant heating and/or cooling, but depending on school size and other factors, the smart use of heat recovery, DOAS, and improved central plants could also put a project on the HVAC honor roll.